Top 10 Best Artists from Port Harcourt Nigeria 2020 list is in recognition of the efforts of these stars in putting the capital of Rivers State, Port Harcourt in the map. South-south Nigeria is finally receiving more attention in the music scene as it has provided quite a number of top stars in the country.
Burna Boy and Duncan Mighty have taken the world to billboard charts and back. Wizkid played a major part in ensuring the legendary talent of Duncan Mighty gets the global value it deserves.
Lagos has been the entertainment capital of the country for years. Despite the fact every successfully artist in Nigeria has a ‘Lagos history’, here are the very few persons who actually rose to fame in the music industry from Port Harcourt.
Here is our list of top ten Port Harcourt artists.
10. 1da Banton
Godson Epelle professionally knwon as 1da Banton is a Nigerian born singer who grew up in Port Harcourt. The 25 year old songwriter and performing artist is signed to Square Ball Entertainment. 1da Banton is widely known in Port Harcout and has dished out several singles including the most recent one titled ‘Foreigner’. He dished out his debut project in 2017 titled “Banton EP”. The 10-track extended play featured Timaya, Harrysong and Tim. It also had production and engineering credits from Masterkraft, Foster Zeeno, Pimpsbeat, Eddieroll, Doka Shots, Jaga Marqai Mixx and 1da Banton. 1da Banton is the 10th most rated artist from Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2020.
Dandizzy who is also known legally as Daniel Darius is an independent rapper and hip hop artist from Nigeria. The young lyricist from Port Harcourt is widely known and adored in Port Harcourt City and beyond. He left his former record label Cadilly Entertainment in 2019. The rapper teamed up with Fast rising Afrobeat star, Oxlade to premier one of his hit tracks “Fool” in 2019.
Hart Idawarifagha lshmael, professionally known as Idahams, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. He secured a record deal with Grafton Entertainment in 2016 and joined the Universal Music Nigeria roaster in 2019. Singles like “Billion Dollar”, “Enter My Eye” and “Shima” currently stands out for the youngster. He had his break through after his track with Mr 2Kay titled “God Can Bless Anybody” received so many airplays in 2018. Idahams dropped his debut EP titled “Amayanabo” in 2019.
7. Omah Lay
Stanley Omah Didia mostly known as Omah Lay is a Nigerian singer and record producer who became famous in 2020 after his debut single “You” amassed over outrageous streams on streaming platforms. He went on to premier a second single “Bad Influence” which ended up being one of his biggest records so far. Omah Lay dished out a five track EP in May 2020 and claimed dominance of Nigeria’s Apple Music charts. He is currently one of the buzzing artists in Nigeria from Port Harcourt. Omah Lay later dropped a collaborative single with DJ Spinall tagged “Tonight”.
6. Ajebo Hustlers
Ajebo Hustlers are the only musical group in the list. The talented Nigerian music duo has been in the game for a while. Their music is widely known in Port Hardcourt and they have worked with Yung6ix and a couple of others in the past. Their 2020 single “Barawo” was recently reposted by Olamide who seems to vibe to their sound. They are inarguably one of the top 10 best artists in Port Harcourt Nigeria in 2020.
5. Mr 2Kay
Abinye David Jumbo better known by stage name as Mr 2Kay, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. Formally signed Grafton Entertainment but left the label in 2018 to float his own imprint Better Life Entertainment. Mr 2kay is a well-known artist in Port Harcourt whose artistry speaks for him. His 2018 singke “God Can Bless Anybody” currently has over 4 million views on YouTube making him the only artist so far in this list to amass such a huge number of streams.
4. Mercy Chinwo
Nigerian gospel singer and songwriter, Mercy Nnenda Chinwo professionally known as “Mercy Chinwo” is one of the most popular artists in Nigeria from Port Harcourt City. The gospel artist has taken Port Harcourt City to greater heights with her sounds. Mercy Chinwo won the Nigerian Idol in 2013 and dropped his debut album The Cross My Gaze in 2018.
3. Duncan Mighty
Nigerian singer and music producer, Duncan Wene Mighty Okechukwu who is professionally known as Duncan Mighty is knwon for being highly versatile in creating music. His songs are heavily influenced by the sounds and culture of his people and most espcially his native language Ikwerre.Duncan Mighty dished out his 22-track debut album “Koliwater” in 2008 which gave him so many hit songs like “Ijeoma”, “Scatter My Dada”, “Ako Na Uche”. His sophomore album ‘Ahamefuna (Legacy)’ released in 2010 further established his brand within the country and its environs. The massive acceptance he got from the album and hit songs ;”Obianuju” and “Port Harcourt son” gave him international recognition.
He also released three more albums; Footprints (2012), Grace & Talent (2014) and The Certificate (2016). Afterwards, Duncan Mighty was quite for a while before jumping on “Fake Love” with Wizkid in 2018. This opened up another phase of his career earning him more collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks and others.
Inetimi Timaya Odon professionally known as Timaya is a Nigerian singer and songwriter born in Port Harcourt City, Nigeria in 1977. He became famous after gaining massive airplays with his first single ‘Dem Mama’ which was later added in his debut album ‘True Story’ released in 2006. He currently has seven projects Gift And Grace (2008), De Rebirth (2010), LLNP Long Life N Prosperity (2011), Upgrade (2012), Epiphany (2014), Chulo Vibes EP (2019) and ‘Dem Mama’ (2008).
He claimed so many awards including the prestigious Headies awards. Timaya is a brand to reckon with as far music in Port Harcourt city is concerned. He has worked with quite a number of stars which include, P-Square, J Martins, King Perryy, Flavour, Phyno, Patoranking and others.
1. Burna Boy
Self acclaimed African Giant, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu professionally known as Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter born in Port Harcourt City. He has four studio albums, L.I.F.E (2013), On a Spaceship (2015), Outside (2018) African Giant (2019). Burna Boy is the most decorated artist from Port Harcourt and one of the biggest artists in Africa at the moment.
He has bagged several local and international awards including a BET awards and MTV Europe Music Awards in 2019. Burna was equally nominated for the Grammy Awards in 2019 for his awesome performance in his fourth studio album “African Giant’.
The talented singer has joints with Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Stormzy, 2Baba, Jorja Smith, DJ Snake, Larry Gaaga, Skales, Sauti Sol, only to mention a few. He is inargably the biggest artist from Port Harcourt.
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